The Telangana government has decided to put up a 125-ft tall statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, most likely on a rock in the Amusement Park at NTR Gardens here, to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary on April 14.
Apart from the park, the government also explored two other spots but the park was found to be the most suitable location. It should be a tall view for a few thousand onlookers, sources said.
The government had constituted a committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to finalise the location and conduct the celebrations.
Hyderabad Collector Rahul Bojja would be the convenor while the members include Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Ministers Nayini Narasimha Reddy, A. Chandulal, G. Jagadish Reddy, Government Chief Whip Koppula Eashwar, Telangana cultural wing chairman Rasamai Balkishan, Telangana State Public Service Commission Ghanta Chakrapani, Centre for Dalit Studies coordinator M. Laxmaiah and seven others.
It will be the tallest statue of Dr. Ambedkar in the country though another of the same height was proposed in Lucknow. But it was not completed. The decision on the statue in Hyderabad was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Mr. Rao told the meeting that he will lay the foundation stone for the statue on April 14 and mandate the completion by the next anniversary in 2017.